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Saturday, June 19, 2004 -- Clarksburg, WV
Lowes WVIHF 5K (iPO Event Id#: 6172)
Sponsored by Lowes of Clarksburg
Part of the 2004 West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival (

Story and photos by Katy Black

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Results: [Overall] [By Class] [Father & Son/Daughter Teams]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7] [Set 8] [Set 9]
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Lowes WVIHF 5K
Racing fun for everyone!
Six years strong, the Lowes WVIHF 5K at Eastpointe Plaza in Clarksburg, West Virginia added a Father's Day Challenge (sponsored by McDonalds.) The 2004 West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival Regina Maria XXVI, Jaimie Dayoub, was on hand giving out awards and smiles.

New for this year was The Father's Day Challenge sponsored by McDonalds. This race within a race let fathers run with their sons or his daughters as a team (two persons per teams that it). Their finishing times were combined into one total time. The top three Father/Son and Father/Daughter Teams won awards. McDonalds also honored the winners on a plaque in their Eastpointe store location.

Lowes WVIHF 5K
Way to go Dad!
Given the looming clouds it was a race against the weather. With the singing of the national anthem, by Whitney Oliverio, and a quick prayer to bless the participants over 240 racers of all ages took off. The 5K started at Eastpointe Plaza on Emily Drive in Clarksburg, WV. with it continuing on Emily Drive just beyond the Cava Road intersection. The course then headed north. Everyone finished up at the second entrance of the Wal-Mart parking lot.

All top three overall winners finished with times under 16:00. (Stay tuned for more details.) Twenty Father and Son/Daughter teams competeted. The new addition of the Father's Day Challenge was a huge success.

There was a mix of interesting people running in this year's race, and a lot of families as well. Steve Simon pushed his son Noah in a stroller through the whole course. This was in spirit of the Father's Day Challenge presented by McDonald's. A father could run with his son or daughter as a team and their total times were combined to get the top three winners that were presented with awards.